Pickwick Lake

 

  

Clagett Talley
1020 E. Wayne Rd Savannah TN 38372
731-607-5266
Websitepickwickareaguide.com
email: pickwickareaguide@yahoo.com

Enjoy fishing in Pickwick Tennessee or anywhere in the Pickwick area with an experienced area guide. We will take you on a guided fishing trip for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Stripers (Rockfish), Catfish, Sauger, and other Tennessee River fish. We take individuals and groups.We do half days and whole days. We provide all the tackle for the trip. We also provide drinks but your welcome to bring your own.
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Pickwick Lake Tennessee TN Fishing Report:    22 Aug 2017

Pickwick Lake Elevation 414

Water Temp. 86

BASS

With the generation flow and a lot of time on the water lately I have been able to produce a large number of bass over the last two weeks. Anytime we have an over cast and plenty of water flowing from the Dam you can pick up several bass on top water baits along the river banks and eddies. The most productive baits have been walking baits and popping baits such as the Strike King Spittin King. The quality of bass have picked up as well. Last week we boated some over five pounds. Big Strike King Series 5 and 6 crankbaits are working very well. The most productive places are on ledges that you can cover shallow water and deep water in the same cast (dramatic drop-offs). We are starting to pick up more and more fish on plastic frogs in grassy areas. The grass is starting to really mat up in a few places and it is like a fish factory right now. Night fishing is still about the same but like anything else, if the water flow slows down, the bite will be as well.

Stripers

The top water bite is good. Big popping baits or walking baits are picking up several fish. Drifting skip jack minnows is a sure way to pick up big fish.   I took three guys fishing yesterday and each person caught several fish , most fish weighed over 8 pounds. Five different times we had three fish on at the same time.

The water gets a little crowded and very dangerous a few times over a busy weekend. So watch out for weekend traffic. Along with heavy boat traffic you get lines crossing, with a little consideration and understanding this is not an issue but if you are new to fishing below the Dam it most likely to be the most frustrating way you can possibly fish.

There are several different laws that are enforced below the Dam that are different than any other areas in Pickwick. From what I have seen TWRA has been busy enforcing these laws, and for safety reasons that is a really good thing. You can pick up a free fishing guide at most fishing stores and read over these laws and educate yourself on limits of fish as well, most of it is actually interesting.

Catfish

I have witnessed a lot of catfish caught below the Dam where I striper fish. Most catfishermen that I see are using one ounce sinkers with dead skip jack or cut bait. I would say the most common store bought bait for catfish are nightcrawlers and shad guts.

Bream

If small fish are appealing to you or you just want to take a kid fishing you can almost count on catching several bream. Any shady area along the lake or river edge can be a good place to catch a large number of bream. Small red worms work well but the most common bait would be crickets. Early morning hours are usually the best time to fish.

 

Compliments of Clagett Talley 731-607-5266 www.pickwickareaguide.com

 

 

 

 

 

09 Aug 2017

Pickwick Lake Elevation 414

Water Temp. 85

BASS

The top water bite has produced alot over the past week.  I usually start fishing with a top water bait in shallow water in the main lake.  You can catch a few bass in the backs of coves early on top water baits too but I usually catch bigger fish in the main lake. The “Spit N King” by Strike King is the perfect size bait to start your day with on the lake or below the dam for bass, stripers or white bass, so it is a good idea to have one tied on when you start fishing in the morning.  You will just need to make short jerks with your rod to disturb the surface with the mouth of the bait, if the bass are active they with hit it. I take a lot of people fishing and most people like to over jerk their bait (to hard) and this simply does not attract the bass as much as the subtle action of the Spit N King.  I like to use medium action rods for better action when fishing any topwater bait, which is also more forgiving when a fish hits it and you react to hard with a hook set. The biggest mistake I see when fishing a topwater bait for active fish is your natural reaction of jerking the bait out of the fishes mouth. It is best to let the fish take it and keep the drag set loose.  After the top water bite is over try fishing a football head jig with a plastic crawfish in the same areas.  If you were catching fish on topwater baits in rocky areas throw the football head jig in the same area and other similar rocky areas.  If you were catching fish on topwater baits in grassy areas fish the same grassy areas with the jigs.  Some of the biggest fish I have caught have been when I switch to a jig to fish the same areas I just caught fish on topwater baits at.

 

Stripers

The Strike King “Spit N King” has been an all around great topwater with stripers and bass in the Tennessee River below the Pickwick Dam.  Popping this feathered tail bait attracts any fish that is in the area that is activly feeding on the surface.  If you are after stripers and you have already caught a few big ones on the top water baits you might want to switch over to a jerk bait because you can usually hold on to the fish longer with the jerk bait.  Right now you can find small stripers busting the surface all day but the bigger stripers will be in deeper water after the first few hours of daylight. Throughout the middle of the day you will need to switch to a deep diving crankbait, crank hard with your drag loose.

 

 

Catfish

I see several catfish caught just below the dam near the boils and in the still water. But I have been catching more fish drifting in the current. I had been catching fish on worms and cut bait, but the live bait got harder to find. I tried Dyna-Bites in Catalpa Worm flavor and in shad flavor and it worked out well for me. We caught several catfish drifting the Dyna-Bites in 20-25′ of water.  I like to fish the Dyna-Bites on a medium action rod with a once sinker if possible.

 

For an online report you can go to TWRA website . You can access it through my website www.pickwickareaguide.com and you can also go there to access TVAs website and by doing so it will take you straight to Pickwick lake.

Compliments of Clagett Talley at Talley’s Outdoors 731-607-5266 or www.pickwickareaguide.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For general lake information on Pickwick Lake:
Outdoor Alabama   Official Website of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources